It’s easy to spend a lot of money on grass and still not have the lawn of your dreams. But if you follow these steps, you’ll move closer to your goal and won’t spend a lot of money:
- Have your mower professionally sharpened twice a year or whenever you have nicks in the blade. Sharpen when you see dry, stringy tops on grass mowed yesterday.
- Mow in the morning or in the evening and mow back to three-inch high grass when blades reach 4.5 inches. Measure it. Three-inch grass will have a better root system and look thicker.
- Water well about once a week. Less water is needed in very humid weather. Try not to walk on freshly watered grass. It compacts the soil.
- Make spot repairs. Find a place in your yard to grow grass that can be cut out to fill bare spots.
Then, take up a few inches of grass on either side of damaged turf. Make sure the soil underneath is not compacted. The ground should be workable down to three inches.
Mix the soil with compost and water it.
Cut a patch of sod leaving no more than 3/4-inch of soil below the grass, and fit the new piece into place. If you are repairing a wider area, stagger the ends from row to row. Don’t kneel on the new sod. Then go over the area with a lawn roller.